KRG to establish new camp for Kobani refugees
Due to continuous Islamic State attacks on Kobani, the number of refugees is growing in Kurdistan Region. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has developed a plan to accommodate these refugees in a new camp outside the city of Erbil.
Sirwan Abed, the manager of Qushtapa camp, which is located outside the city of Erbil, said “A new camp is planned to be established in Qushtapa which is expected to accommodate about 800 families, and will be opened by the beginning of next year. There are currently 1,971 refugees from Kobani living with other Kurdish refugees from Syrian in Qushtapa camp,”
According to Abed, about 19340 refugees from Kobani have been registered in the Kurdistan Region, since ISIS’s attacks on the Kurdish city.
The refugees came from Kobani via Turkey through the Ibrahim Khalil border cross- ing between Turkey and the Kurdistan Region. KRG prepared buses to transport them from there to Erbil and based them in Qushtapa camp.
The flow of refugees to Kurdistan has made a big pressure on KRG because of limited financial means to provide basic needs for the refugees. The United Nations has recently started the winter program, and is providing blankets, fuel and other nec- essary supplies.
Last month, the KRG sent 160 Peshmerga to support the Western Kurdish forces in Syria in confronting the militants ISIS terrorist organization.